I have been awake since 4:00 this morning. After taking a car, a bus, an airport train, a plane and then another car…we have arrived in Ocala, FL! Chelsie and I are here for Live Oak International, which promises to be pretty epic, with FEI Combined Driving and CSI** Grand Prix jumping. We are staying with the lovely hosts of the Horse Radio Network, just a few minutes from the show grounds.
Live Oak is an incredibly impressive venue, with huge rolling green pastures dotted with the live oaks for which it was named. We stopped by the grounds to pick up our press passes and get the lay of the land. The dressage arena is enormous, and there are a number of marathon hazards clustered near enough to one another that we should be able to see a lot of the action at several of them at once.
The competition starts tomorrow, March 18, with FEI Driven Dressage, and with the likes of Chester Weber and Misdee Wrigley Miller competing, it’s sure to be pretty awesome.